We’ve been quietly developing digital forensics tools and forensic software to assist in our analysis for almost 10 years, and until recently, all of that source code has been sitting around and collecting dust.  As time permits, we will be dusting it off, adding some updates, and releasing some of it to the public.

Think of it as our way of saying thank you to everyone who has written articles, published research, or contributed software/code to the forensic community.

These utilities are provided “as-is” and are free for both personal and commercial use. As with any software, including ours, you should always independently validate your findings.  Oh, and if you find any of our utilities useful, feel free to drop by @chadgough or @4Discovery on Twitter and say thanks. Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome!

Internal Metadata from Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF Files

It’s no secret that many document types can contain metadata that can reveal a wealth of information. This data can reveal information about the history, usage, authors, and contributors of a document. This data can be a great source of information for your investigation. MetaExtractor can retrieve this information in bulk against thousands of documents in minutes.


  • New: Support for OpenOffice files
  • New: Support for parsing SolidWorks CAD Drawings
  • Native file parsing (does not require Office or Acrobat to be installed)
  • Support for Office 2003/2007/2010/2013 file formats
  • Support for Adobe PDF documents
  • Can recursively parse a folder (and subfolders) of files
  • Multi-Select individual files
  • Exports to CSV for easy analysis and reporting
  • GUI supports Date/Time sorting for quick review
  • Support for over 40 metadata fields
  • Requirements: Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0
  • Free for both personal and commercial use



MetaExtractor v1.5 - Released 07-16-2013